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May 9, 2019

BROADBAND

"Amazon & SpaceX’s New [LEO satellite] Home Internet Services Will Reportedly Save Americans $30+ Billion Annually" :: Cord Cutters News :: BroadbandNow Research

. . . "New space race to bring satellite internet to the world" :: UK Daily Mail

"Growing Oklahoma Community [Tuttle, pop. 7,000] Embraces Benefits of Publicly Owned Fiber" :: MuniNetworks

House unanimously approves H.R. 1328, the ACCESS Broadband Act; bill would create an office within NTIA and provide funding for local training workshops; US Telecom supports: "The [new] Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth achieves two important deployment goals: streamlining provider access to essential government funds and avoiding network overbuilding."  ::  U.S. House of Representatives :: Link to bill

"US Bandwidth Consumption Surges As Usage Caps Pose A Looming Threat" :: TechDirt

"Starry Subs Devour 350GB of Data Per Month, Gravitate to OTT Video" :: Light Reading

"FCC Fixes Giant Error Over-Stating Broadband Availability... Then Doubles Down On Bogus Claims" :: TechDirt

"Digital divide persists even as lower-income Americans make gains in tech adoption" :: Pew Research Center

NC:  Governor Cooper announces $10 million for rural broadband grants ::  Office of the Governor

Private investors to acquire Zayo for $14.3B in cash :: Telecompetitor :: Converge

WIRELESS

"5G: Build it, and the use cases will come (hopefully)" :: FierceWireless

"Critical weather data threatened by FCC [5G spectrum] proposal, Commerce Dept. and NASA say" :: Washington Post :: Nature :: Popular Mechanics

Commr. O'Rielly:  "Substantive Objections to a Government 5G Wholesale Network" :: FCC Blog

VIDEO

"Cord-Cutting Got 75% Worse in Q1, Most Terrible Quarter Ever for Pay TV -- Cable network distribution hits the skids, declining at an all-time worst 1.9%" :: Multichannel News

"Cord Cutters Not Turning to Streaming vMVPD Alternatives in Big Numbers" -- "Only 40% of the 1.4 million traditional linear pay-TV subscriptions lost in the first quarter of 2019 were recaptured by equivalent over-the-top (OTT) offerings" :: Telecompetitor

"Disney Jumps into the OTT Market" :: Telecompetitor

OTHER NEWS

New book by Harold Feld:  "The Case for the Digital Platform Act: Market Structure and Regulation of Digital Platforms," with a forward by Tom Wheeler :: Tales of the Sausage Factory :: The Case for the Digital Platform Act

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